Antique French Shell Mirror circa 1890

(France, 19th Century)

Antique French Shell Mirror circa 1890
1610 Bissonet Street
Houston, TX, 77005
(713) 524-2502
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Antique French Shell Mirror circa 1890


Look at the sheer dramatic impact this hand made antique shell encrusted French mirror circa 1890. The skilled artisan who created this superb shell mirror exercised a great eye to choose and match the collection of shells to achieve a symmetrical and balanced presentation that has a Neoclassical feel. The bold cartouche has a fan shape and spreads outward from the top of the mirror in an extravagant display of differently shaped shells. The sides and base of the mirror employ a regular pattern of hand applied shells that offer a wonderful showcase for their organic shape. The unique drama created by this antique french mirror lies in both the shell materials employed but also the fact that the shells all possess a similar bleached colouration. The mesmerizing play of light across the frame with its variation of light and shadow is quite compelling especially surrounding the original mirror glass with its customary speckles and foxing that give old glass its particular reflective appearance.

WIDTH: 29 in | HEIGHT: 54 in | DEPTH: 4 in

Origin France
Category Mirrors
Period 19th Century
Style Unspecified

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